Mr. Kvedaravicius, 45, had spent years covering the conflict in Ukraine. His film “Mariupolis,” which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016, offers a searing portrait of the southern port city, which battled Russian-backed fighters in 2014.
In a 2016 interview with the Odessa Review, a monthly magazine, Mr. Kvedaravicius said that he had wanted to capture “how regular people carry on with their everyday lives mere steps away from a war zone, gunshots, explosions and death.”
“The factories, the sea, the omnipresent soldiers, the sounds of the violin blending with the sound of the exploding shells — all of this forms the surrealism of an ordinary city during wartime,” he told the Odessa Review.
Since Russia’s invasion, Mariupol has emerged as an emblem of the humanitarian crisis sweeping Ukraine. Weeks of Russian bombardment on the city has trapped thousands of civilians with limited their access to food, water and electricity.
In 2011, Mr. Kvedaravicius was awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize for “Barzakh,” his film about Russia’s war in Chechnya.